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Enhancing English globally

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Better language: The E4C team posing with the FPT High School students during the event.

NOTING the importance of the English language, especially in a highly technological era, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) conducted a programme for Vietnamese students recently.

UTP’s Information Technology and Information Systems undergraduates created a platform for Vietnam’s FPT High School students to communicate effectively and improve their English.

Called Engage for Changes (E4C), the programme was conducted through various English language activities with native and non-native English speakers.

“We want this initiative to help students express themselves more confidently and improve their English proficiency and communication skills, for academic and employment purposes.

“E4C aims to create awareness among the young, through fun and engaging activities, on the importance of English in technology, especially in facing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), ” said E4C project director Azizul Qusyairin Azman.

As IR 4.0 embodies digitalisation, Azizul said graduates are expected to have a strong command of the language to compete in the job market.

E4C is part of UTP students’ general studies subject.

In addition, the students held a forum on the advantages and disadvantages of technology, after which, FPT High School students did presentations on how technology can help them use English effectively.

The E4C is jointly organised by both institutions, based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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Write it right

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

THE Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) pullout is looking for Form Six and pre-university students to contribute essays to our Earn Your Band 6 column.

The topic below is the essay question for Writing Task 2:

Topic 3 (Deadline: Apr 5): The World Health Organisation has declared Covid-19 a global pandemic recently.

This calls for urgent measures to contain all types of communicable diseases. Discuss these measures using examples in not less than 350 words.

Essays should meet the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) writing criteria. Title your e-mail “Earn Your Band 6: Topic 3”, and send it to Provide your full name, age, school name, MyKad number, home address and cellphone number. Students whose essays are published for Writing Task 2 will be given certificates of recognition endorsed by Star Media Group Bhd.

Not just that, we will grade your submission using a three-star system. Get one star and take home RM50; hit two stars and walk away with RM75; clinch three stars and RM100 is yours! This applies only to Writing Task 2.

Earn Your Band 6 is aimed at improving the English proficiency of those taking the MUET. It features tips and strategies from MUET experts.

Published on Wednes-days, NiE is available only through school subscriptions of The Star. Subscribe through your school or call The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 1-300-88-7827.

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Meeting university requirements

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

In MUET, all the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are tested.

It measures and reports candidates’ level of proficiency based upon an aggregated score range of zero to 300.

The scores correlate with a banding system ranging from Band 1 to Band 6, with Band 6 being the best achievement.

In 2015, a policy was implemented that stipulated the minimum band required for entry and graduation for specific courses, namely, Band 2 for entry and Band 3 to graduate for Arts and Social Sciences courses; Band 3 for entry and Band 4 for to graduate from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses; and Band 4 for entry and Band 5 to graduate from Law and Medicine courses.

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) considers MUET scores or band an important indicator of a student’s ability to pursue academic programmes that are delivered in English.

Professor Dr Nor Aziah AliasProfessor Dr Nor Aziah Alias

While MUET is the key English language minimum entry requirement, UiTM director of academic development Professor Dr Nor Aziah Alias said UiTM has taken the initiative to align the institution’s English language requirements to other approved examinations or tests such as the English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL

“Thus students who have studied overseas or international students with appropriate grades or scores in such examinations or tests will have no problem fulfilling the entry requirement of their respective programmes,” she said.

This video at are among resources MUET candidates can view on the Internet.This video at are among resources MUET candidates can view on the Internet.

For graduation, Nor Aziah said UiTM does not use MUET as a requirement but instead uses a home-grown English Exit Test (EET) for students to assess their ability and readiness for workplace communication.

Norlida Abu Bakar, Language Proficiency Division head at Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Centre For The Advancement of Language Competence (CALC), said MUET bands (score) are among the criteria in the Special Programme Terms for each programme offered by the varsity.

Each programme has different MUET bands requirements with the lowest (Band 1) for entry into the Bachelor of Arts (Malay Language and Linguistics) programme.

A lot of practice will enable candidates to score in their MUET exam.A lot of practice will enable candidates to score in their MUET exam.

“To help students cope better with their studies, CALC offers courses under the English Learning Experience Package (ELEx) which is compulsory for all students according to the English proficiency levels in their MUET (for local students) and TOEFL or IELTS (for international students results. UPM does not require MUET as a graduation criteria.”

Apart from IELTS and TOEFL, MUET is one of the language prerequisites for enrolment into degree programmes at Taylor’s University.

Prema Ponnudurai, head of Department of Liberal Arts and Humanities, said generally, the lowest MUET score to gain acceptance into a programme at Taylor’s is Band 4.

“However, it differs from programme to programme,” she said, adding that some programmes require only IELTS or TOEFL results .

A Form Six student participating in public speaking, which can help overcome shyness or awkward situations during the MUET speaking test.A Form Six student participating in public speaking, which can help overcome shyness or awkward situations during the MUET speaking test.

To take MUET, matriculation and Form Six students usually register via their institutions while private or individual candidates can register for MUET online via the MEC website A PIN ID costing RM101 can be bought from Bank Simpanan Nasional for registration purposes.

Apart from the three exam sessions conducted at MUET centres over a period of two days, candidates who cannot wait to queue for MUET seats can also sit the test via MUET on Demand (MoD) which is conducted at one sitting.

Available since June 2018, MoD takes a new approach whereby candidates are given the choice of taking the exam using Computer Based Test or conventional test at a specified location with results ready within two weeks’ time as opposed to the standard 60 days for sessions-based MUET.

By Rozana Sani.

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Getting to grips with MUET

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Before applying for a place in university, it is important for prospective students to have the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) qualification.

Administered by the Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) three times a year, MUET is a test of English language proficiency, particularly for public tertiary institutions.

A prerequisite for those who wish to pursue their first degree, MUET results help determine the suitability of pre-university or diploma students for the programmes they are applying for.

MEC chief executive Mohd Fauzi Mohd Kassim said MUET helps institutions make better decisions about the readiness of prospective students for academic coursework, and about their ability to use and understand English in different contexts in higher education.

“MUET can also be used to measure the English proficiency of prospective employees in the workplace,” he said.

For university hopefuls, it is best to not underestimate the difficulty of some of the MUET exam papers. This is because there is quite a huge gap between the level of proficiency needed at the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia level and the proficiency required at the MUET level.

Mohd Fauzi Mohd KassimMohd Fauzi Mohd Kassim

MUET was first made a requirement for admission into all public universities in 2001.

In 2014, the government announced that all prospective students of public universities and private colleges/universities must achieve a minimum MUET band requirement upon entering and graduating according to their chosen courses.

“The MUET syllabus was done by experts of the English language and academicians who know what language skills students should possess before entering a specific course. It has undergone changes in its syllabus twice since it was introduced,” said Mohd Fauzi, adding that expert studies have shown that MUET is on par with other international English proficiency tests.

In fact, the MUET syllabus and test specifications aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) will be used starting from Session 1 of MUET in 2021.

MUET can also be used to measure the English proficiency of prospective employees in the workplace.MUET can also be used to measure the English proficiency of prospective employees in the workplace.

“MUET results are valid for five years. Candidates can repeat the test as many times as they want, until they are satisfied with their results,” he added.

While MUET has been accepted for admissions into several universities in Singapore, there are efforts to take MUET into other countries like Indonesia.

“As our homegrown product, we want to empower MUET to a global scale, and at the same time make MUET the preferred English proficiency test for international students who intend to pursue their studies in Malaysia,” he said.

The key thing for candidates to digest about the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) is that it is different from secondary school-level English examination papers as it tests whether a candidate’s English language proficiency is adequate for university studies.

Mawarni MustafaMawarni Mustafa

Penang Matriculation College English language lecturer Mawarni Mustafa explains that the aim of MUET is to determine how well candidates can function in the language, at what level and for what purpose.

To do so, candidates will be tested on both the receptive and productive skills of the language — listening, reading, speaking and writing.

As such, she said, candidates should focus on improving all of their four skills of the language and understand the format of the four MUET papers.

“My advice to students as well as independent candidates is to get a hold of any current MUET textbook in the market and study the parts where they provide explanation on the question formats. That should give them ample knowledge on format. How well they perform in the test is mostly determined by how competent they are at using the language for listening, reading, speaking and writing,” she said.


Listening and reading are often the most challenging for students sitting for MUET, said SMK Sri Serdang MUET teacher Dr Potchelvi Govindasamy.

Independent students who do not have classroom coaching joining a MUET workshop to prepare for the exam.
Independent students who do not have classroom coaching joining a MUET workshop to prepare for the exam.

“For the listening paper, students need to listen attentively and try to locate the main ideas from their listening text in order to answer questions. For the reading paper, students need to be knowledgeable about many areas, including technology, social issues, environment, medical discoveries and agriculture.

“Basically, students need to keep abreast with what’s happening in this world,” she said.

Her colleague, Lau Suok Leng, noted that the writing paper could be difficult for students who are less proficient and lack general knowledge.

“The ungrammatical sentences aside, they would merely state the points in general without elaborating. The lack of clarity makes their essays less informative and not conclusive.

“All these are graded for their task fulfilment and language usage. In order to perform better in writing, students need to read extensively. The newspaper is the best avenue to improve their knowledge,” she said.

Mawarni highlighted one common mistake students make in the writing section is not understanding the requirements of the essay question well.

“When that happens, there is the tendency not to fulfil all the requirements of the question. There is the risk of going off-tangent when they write the essay. This can cost them dearly as the essay part carries a significant portion of the marks,” she said.

Suhana Abdul JamalSuhana Abdul Jamal

SMK Bedong MUET teacher Suhana Abdul Jamal said that to boost the students’ confidence in speaking, she holds singing competitions, poetry recital and sharing sessions during class.

“All these help as many of them are not willing to speak in English. After a few activities, they will warm up to the idea of speaking in public and this helps them to do well in the speaking section of the paper,” she said.

Suhana agrees that students would do well to read a lot if they want to score in Muet.

“Common mistakes include using the wrong tenses, spelling and word choices. Recently, I have had candidates who use the social media style of writing in their essays, for example, writing “u” instead of “you”.

“During the speaking test, candidates often fail to score because they do not stick to what was given and discuss other things. Many candidates also have a hard time trying to come up with the right words to use when presenting their views. Again, one’s proficiency level is crucial to perform well in MUET,” she said.


On top of paying attention in MUET classes for those in Form Six, Muizzudin Mazly, 21, believes the best way to prepare for MUET is practice.

Muizzudin MazlyMuizzudin Mazly

“For those who are about to take their MUET exams, go throught the past exam papers. Read as many English books as you can, either fiction or non-fiction, to increase your vocabulary. Practise speaking English with friends to boost your confidence in speaking or writing in English,” said the computer science student at Universiti Teknologi MARA, who obtained Band 4 for MUET.

Jagjeevan SinghJagjeevan Singh

Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) school-leaver Jagjeevan SIngh, 19, said MUET candidates need to step up their proficiency in speaking, writing, listening and reading skills.

“MUET sets a higher bar. For me, reading is the most challenging part of MUET. But it carries a higher percentage score. I overcome it by doing exercises and reading English language books,” said the MUET Band 4 university hopeful.

Jagjeevan shared there are many ways to score in MUET.

“In my opinion, to do well, you must first speak, write, listen and read regularly in English. A student must constantly practise all four components of the test for a better score,” he said.

Farah Maria Mohamed NapiFarah Maria Mohamed Napi

MUET Band 5 achiever Farah Maria Mohamed Napi, 19, said looking up listening exercises on the Internet to practise was among the initiatives she took considering she did not have formal MUET classes during her foundation studies at UiTM Dengkil campus.

“As for the other parts of MUET, I relied on the MUET exercise book. I did the exercises and referred to the answers for comparison,” said the Universiti Malaya Media Studies undergraduate.

Asked what she found “most challenging”, Farah Maria highlighted writing and speaking.

“I was not familiar with the essays we were supposed to write. Speaking scared me as I was afraid I would not have enough valid points. I just did more exercises for writing and speaking and timed myself to make sure I took the right amount of time for the actual test,” she said.

Amal SorkapliAmal Sorkapli

Amal Sorkapli, 20, an independent MUET candidate who scored Band 4, said watching “a lot of videos on how English-speaking people speak” helps tremendously.

“Test-wise, the reading section is be the most difficult — not in terms of how hard it was but how tricky it was. Most of the answer options were also painfully similar, so you had to read and understand them well. I think the most common mistake MUET candidates make during the exam is that they don’t read the texts thoroughly. The texts for MUET are not to be scanned but read properly and thoroughly,” said the Bachelor of Arts (English) student.

On tips, Amal said students must “practise, practise and prastice”.

“Practice goes a long way,” she added.

By Rozana Sani.

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SPM English Literature gets a makeover

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
THE Education Ministry has implemented the new SPM English Literature syllabus, which has been benchmarked to international standards, beginning January 2020.
It is hoped that through the introduction of the new English Literature syllabus, students will develop better proficiency and mastery of the English language, humanistic values, critical thinking ability, global perspective, and analytical skills in solving universal problems.

According to the ministry’s English Language Unit at the Curriculum Development Division, the introduction will also provide the opportunity for students to have more interaction hours in English, especially in terms of putting up performances and carrying out project-based activities.

Based on the new syllabus, students will sit for the SPM elective paper after 18 months of study with a new assessment format. There is also an increase in the variety of themes offered in set texts, in particular poetry, as well as a stronger emphasis on how literary devices create meaning and how students can better understand the literary texts and their contexts.

The revision of syllabus is based on the Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) paper. This change in syllabus comes in the face of fluctuating interest in English literature from both parents and students.

According to English teacher Sim Poh Hoon of SMK St Francis Convent, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, parents are not keen to let their children learn English Literature because students have to choose between the subject and Principles of Accounting as their elective.

“The parents prefer their children to take Principles of Accounting as it is a more marketable subject. Moreover, English Literature is only offered to the first two classes in my school – students in other classes are not allowed to take the subject,” she said.

To make up for a lack of interest among parents, Sim takes it upon herself to encourage parents at parent-teacher meetings to allow their children to take the subject.

“I am also willing to teach English Literature outside of the timetable, as it will allow others to take the subject,” she added.

SMK Seri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, English teacher Sharini Nadarajah revealed that students have a hard time catching up to the demands of the subject.

“The students lack a comprehensive knowledge of the texts they read, which affects the quality of the arguments they make in their essays.”

Penang Free School English teacher Suriya Kumari highlighted the lack of reference books for English Literature and the need for students to improve their command of the English language, both of which contribute to the anxiety that students feel over their chances of doing well in the subject.

“I spend some time building up their confidence levels, telling them we don’t need reference books.

“To generate interest, we also need to market the subject more effectively by way of passionate teachers – what parents fail to understand is that literature is necessary in establishing proper human relationships, making one more humane.

“It includes so many soft skills that help students to perform better in the real world – how to deal with stress, self-esteem and people, which is something adolescents need,” she stressed.

According to the English Language Unit, the Education Ministry has conducted training sessions for 360 teachers since 2018, with more sessions to come.

The training is conducted to prepare teachers for the new English Literature syllabus, including familiarisation with the texts, pedagogy on teaching of literature, and marking literature papers.

The Education Ministry is also planning to carry out a nationwide survey on students’ interests in types of literary texts, to determine suitable texts in the future.

Wong Sook Wei is a student at the National University of Singapore and a participant of The Star’s BRATs Young Journalist Programme.

Advice to those resisting the use of English

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

The move to teach Science and Mathematics in English should be lauded and supported by all stakeholders.

As Malaysians who desire world-class knowledge, we cannot deny that technological advancements are built upon the “basic blocks” that are structured in English. The government should not be distracted by naysayers who cast doubts about the move.

Teething problems are inevitable whenever new policies are implemented. To throw in the towel even before attempting it is an inwardlooking way of looking at things. Fear should not be allowed to take control of any decision making process.

We can be nationalistic and patriotic even while we acknowledge the capable qualities of other civilisations.

We need to accept the fact that although all cars run on four wheels, there are some cars that are capable of going up steep slopes faster. The occupants of such cars will reach the summit earlier.

This is just an analogy to reflect upon by those who are resisting the use of English in the teaching of Mathematics and Science. We need to embrace a broader view to help our society reach the global platform faster.

The world is moving rapidly in acquiring artificial intelligence and digital technology.We need to fearlessly embrace the “building blocks” in which they are founded. These building blocks are undoubtedly Science and Mathematics.

We also need to think about creating global employment opportunities in this era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The time is now. If the Wright brothers had waited for the right conditions by “treading carefully”, they wouldn’t have invented the first flying machines.

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Language conference explores digital world

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak

Exploring how language and literature in the digital age can amplify ideas and opinions is the main focus of the International Conference on Language and Literature 2020 (ICLL 2020) at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) recently.

ICLL 2020 co-convener Dr Rabiah Tul Adawiyah Mohamed Salleh said with IIUM holding the responsibility as an Islamic institution, the conference hoped to deconstruct the narrative that Muslims are socially and culturally stagnant.

“Among the ideas that have been mediated and amplified by digital technologies and which has been the main motivation for us to organise this conference is Islamophobia. We acknowledge the role of the Internet and social media in the propagation of Islamophobic ideas.”

Themed “Digital Trends in Language and Literature: Asia in the 21st Century”, the three-day conference is a collaborative effort of IIUM’s Department of English Language and Literature with the Bilingual Research Lab of Western Sydney University, Australia and Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.

A total of 102 papers were presented, covering topics such as language learning, language pedagogy, language policy, learning technology, discourse analysis, literature and literary interpretation on digital technologies.

(Seated, from left) Professor Hart Cohen, Professor Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf, Dr Rabiah Tul Adawiyah Mohamed Salleh, Associate Professor Dr Aini Maznina A Manaf, Datuk Dr Daud Abu Bakar, Associate Professor Dr Ruying Qi, Associate Professor Dr Bruno Di Biase, Dr Siti Nuraishah Ahmad, Associate Professor Satomi Kawaguchi and Dr Rusaslina Idrus at the launch of the International Conference on Language and Literature 2020 at International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, recently.IIUM’s Kulliyyah of Islamic and Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences deputy dean, Associate Professor Dr Aini Maznina A Manaf, said the digital era has seen rapid innovations in the usage of English.

“English is no longer colonial-based, but a powerful tool for writing back to the imperial centre, reclaiming identities, forging global citizenships, reaching out to diverse communities and mobilising ideas and actions.”

In a keynote speech, IIUM rector Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak highlighted the importance of striking a balance between the humanities and the sciences as the nation moves towards a more digitalised era.

“Trans-disciplinary studies, which allow the comprehension of knowledge in the convergence of disciplines, are best in preparing the nation to take advantage of the increasing knowledge of the world.”

Keynote speakers included Professor Hart Cohen and Associate Professor Dr Satomi Kawaguchi from Western Sydney University.

The event attracted more than 100 participants from universities in Malaysia and 16 other countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Oman, China and France.

Selected papers are set to be published in top journals, including Translation and Interpreting, Journal of Huayu Teaching, Chinese Journal of Language Policy and Planning and IIUM’s own peer-reviewed online journal, Asiatic.

Other highlight of the conference was the Travel Poetry book launch by IIUM deputy rector (internationalisation and global network) Professor Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf with National.

By Rayyan Rafidi.

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Tried-and-true method of learning English

Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Students are engaged in an NiE activity while Cherubin (second from right) facilitates.

TWENTY years ago, Dr Gunadevi K Jeevi Subramaniam had the chance to attend a Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) workshop by The Star in Langkawi.

Since then, the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) coordinator of Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Perak, has been using newspapers in the class. She finds the methodology most effective.

Having observed a recent NiE workshop for students at the polytechnic, Dr Gunadevi, 53, reiterates that NiE is indeed impactful.

“NiE benefits weak and proficient students alike. It adds interest to class lessons and keeps them on their toes, ” said Dr Gunadevi who is also the NiE programme director at the polytechnic.

“This is something new for the students and they like it. They are more involved and engaged because they do things like search, cut, paste, prepare presentations and answer questions from their friends.”

At the workshop conducted by Star-NiE freelance consultant trainer Anna Cherubin, students were taught how to skim and scan the newspaper for information.

Dr Gunadevi said that students got to brush up on important skills.

“NiE is very relevant to skills we need to teach the students.

“Furthermore, most of them don’t buy the newspaper and having the physical newspaper on hand will encourage them to read more, ” she said.

Happy with how engaged the students were, the polytechnic is subscribing to 100 copies of the NiE pullout per issue for their English lessons.

The bi-monthly, 16-page colourful pullout tackles themes set by the Education Ministry. The levels are broken down into three namely elementary, intermediate and advanced so that teachers will be able to adapt their lessons according to their students’ proficiency levels.

Also included in the pullout are two sections – BRATs and Earn Your Band 6.

Students will be able to read articles written by their peers participating in The Star’s BRATs Young Journalist Programme, while Earn Your Band 6 aims to improve the English proficiency of those taking the MUET.

English lecturer Ahmad Faiz Sapuan, 32, thought that the workshop was a good introduction of the newspaper to students as a learning material.

“Students don’t really read the English newspapers. Not all students have excellent language proficiency, but with the ready-made NiE activities, we can retain students’ interests using real issues.

“I think they would be more interested to learn new words now. Previously, they tended to stick to the same words when they wrote. This time around, I can see that they were introduced to many new words, ” he added.

After attending the workshop, second semester student Nur Farhanah Abuthalha, 19, is looking forward to more English lessons with the newspaper.

“The workshop was good because I learned a lot of new things from it. I can see that more can be done with the newspaper. Aside from just reading it, we can use it to learn English along with the NiE pullouts.

“It is different compared to learning with the textbook. In the newspaper, it is easier to learn new words as we can understand what context it is used in.”

She also said that NiE helps her relate studies to real life.

“I study economics and many stories related to the subject can be found in The Star newspaper. It helps in my studies as well as prepares me for my future career.”

Another student Danish Apandi Rustam Apandi, 18, said that the workshop was fun.

“It was something new for us. I found out that many students don’t actually know how to use the newspaper, so it’s good that they taught us how to. In my opinion, I think the newspaper is still very important and useful today, ” said the second semester student.

“The newspaper talks about real world problems, unlike the textbook. This way, we know more about the world and our country. It’s definitely more fun to read from the newspaper than the textbook. The newspaper has more content in it.”

This year, the education pullout by Star Media Group will see 20 publications.

Subscription is through schools only. The first issue of NiE rolled out last Wednesday and will be available every other Wednesday.

For more information, call The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 1-300-88-7827 from Monday to Friday (9am-5pm). Alternatively, teachers can contact the nearest sales representatives listed in the table.


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Moulding future English language experts

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

Celebrating the achievements of 42 non-option English teachers at a convocation ceremony.

THE Education Ministry’s English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) has always taken the initiative to support all English language teachers on their journey towards becoming masters of the subject.

One such effort is the Add Option Intervention Programme (or Program Intervensi tambah Opsyen Bahasa Inggeris (Pito BI)).

This programme focuses on enhancing the English language proficiency among the non-option English language teachers in national primary schools.

It also aims at upskilling the non-option teachers with approaches and strategies in teaching English language in the primary school classrooms.

In 2019, ELTC has trained 101 non-option English language teachers from all over the nation.

Pito BI is a programme managed by the Language and Literacy Department headed by Dr T Vanitha Thanabalan. The department’s members are Nor Ashikin Alawi, Amarjit kaur, Nurliyana Ismail and Nor Izni Mohd Hassan.

To celebrate the commitment and achievement of participants from the Pito BI Cohort 2 2019, ELTC, with the collaboration of state education departments, organised a convocation ceremony. Held in Institut Aminuddin Baki on Nov 18, the ceremony was held for 42 non-option primary school English language teachers from Pahang, Johor, Perak, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

They completed three phases of the course namely two face-to-face interactions and one online. They were awarded Pito BI certificates.

It was officiated by Documentation and Publication Department head Kamariah Samsuddin, who represented ELTC director Farah Mardhy Aman

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Promoting English usage among students via High Level Empowerment Programme

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

SANDAKAN: English teachers should implement ideas through the High Level Empowerment Program (HIP) to find the best way to promote and encourage the use of English among students both in and outside the classroom.

Sabah Education director Dr Mistirine Radin said students should also be proficient in the use of English as well as participate in English language activities in schools, to enable them (students) to access language learning.

She said this is because English is a master language for students to ensure that they are able to communicate in the language as well as to prepare them for future challenges.

In this regard, Mistirine said schools, especially educators, play an important role in ensuring that students can master and be proficient in the use of English.

Her keynote address at the opening of the “Sabah High Level Empowerment (HIP) Carnival, Best Practice Sharing” programme was read by English Language Officer to the State of Sabah, Muarifin Sufian Mochoeri at the SMK Merpati here on Wednesday.

Also present were Sandakan Education Officer Haji Sharif Mahada Haji Sharif Attar and Elopura Assemblyman Calvin Chong.


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